I would guess that the questions that have stumped philosophers and all persons of curiosity for centuries have included, 'How did it all start? Why are we here? What is the purpose of my existence?' Another question that puzzled me for many years of my youth was, 'Why do birds sing?'
As to how life started, for centuries, religion and science seemed to be literally at odds with each other and one was either left believing in God above the laws of science or discarding God in favour of intellectual and scientific advancement. During the past century, many scientists have argued that both are intellectually reconcilable and can be believed in large measure, without the need of necessarily discrediting the other!
In the autumn of my years, the answers to the above questions that I've been happiest to settle with are as follows: God created the world for the benefit of man and woman, and for the purpose of family units to turn it on an axis of love in spiritual prosperity. It is the expressed love of one person to another that makes the world go around. I believe that the purpose of my existence is to sing my song of praise and to help my fellow man wherever possible. As to why birds sing, this is the easiest question of all to answer; they sing because they have a song to sing.
And therein lies the greatest truth of all. Each of us is unique. We are each born and endowed with certain capabilities and specific talents. It is our talents that we are entrusted to pass on to all we meet in our passage through life.
For some, their talent may be to sing, for others to talk with measured reason. Those with artistic talents may write, paint, sculpt or fashion the clay of the earth at the potter's wheel. Some will have the capacity to build confidence, to invest friendship, and to bring hope or inspire trust. Some may have the silent talents of being good listeners, others become the natural confidants, people to whom one can tell their greatest fears and hitherto unspoken secrets to, knowing that they will be respected. Some people will be effective communicators, good bargainers, and others, natural leaders.
It matters not in which direction your personal qualities shine. It is only their useful employment which indicates if you are 'singing your song of life' and carrying out your purpose for being alive, whereas their non-use will make your life duller and less meaningful than it needs to be. Your unique personal talents are your song that your purpose in life is to sing. It is a song of hope, joy and appreciation of all of the benefits of life you daily give and receive." William Forde':